As some of you may know, about twice a month I have the opportunity to write a post over at the blog Homemade For Elle. Recently, I shared this recipe for small batch refined sugar free apple butter that is AIP and Paleo friendly. I hope you all enjoy!
There is a farm about twenty minutes outside of my hometown that throws a massive festival every fall. It runs every weekend from the end of September through Halloween. There is a pumpkin patch, tractor rides, face painting, music, food, an impressive corn maze, kettle corn and a general store filled with jars of jam, pickles, fruit, relish, and everyone’s fall favorite, apple butter.
As a child, I loved apple butter. I could not understand why we only had it in the fall. I wanted to eat it on everything. That hasn’t changed. The only problem is that traditional apple butter recipes call for quite a lot of sugar, which is off limits for me right now. One of the great things about cooking at home however, is the ability to improvise and customize your favorite things. The trick to apple butter is not the sugar. Some good maple syrup and the apples themselves provide plenty of sweetness. The trick is cooking the apples for a long time.
The best way to do this is in a slow cooker or crock pot. Using a slow cooker makes this one of the easiest treats you will make this fall. You basically peel some apples, throw them and your other ingredients in your slow cooker and go to bed, when you wake up all you’ll have to do is add some vanilla let it finish up while your start your day and then throw it in the food processor and puree it. The amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen is about eight minutes.